President Muhammadu Buhari will Tuesday play host to the Emir of Qatar at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who is currently on tour of some African countries, including Rwanda will arrive Abuja by 11 a.m., according to Businessday checks.
He will be leading a high-powered delegation of senior government officials and business executives from the Gulf state.
He is currently on a three-day visit to Rwanda and is expected to proceed to Nigeria at the end of his visit to that country.
He is expected to be received on arrival byPresident Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja
This is just as Presidency on Sunday, said the North East has been a major beneficiary of the President Buhari’s administration.
Presidency, in a reaction to claims by the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Rt. Rev. Fr. Stephen Mamza who delivered a homily in which he spoke angrily against President Muhammadu Buhari, whom he described as “sleeping on duty as Commander-in-Chief,” described the claims as an “unfair comment.”
The statement signed by Presidential Spokesman. Garba Shehu, noted that so much has changed in the past three to four years in and around Yola, and the Catholic Church in particular that a true assessment would show that but for the Change Administration of President Buhari, things would have continued the way they were, or even get worse.
According to Shehu, “These could not have happened if a Commander-in- Chief was asleep.”
“Bishop Mamza was, and is still a strong member of the Adamawa Peace Initiative, API, composed of religious and community leaders which did the lovely work housing and feeding 400,000 displaced people from Northern Adamawa and Borno States in 2015. The API also did the extraordinary work of easing tensions between Muslims and Christians during that period and ensured that both groups did not turn on one another based on suspicion,” the statement said.
“As widely reported by the local and international press, in the premises of St. Theresa’s Cathedral where Rev. Mamza ministered, there were more than 1,500 IDPs, mostly women and children on whom the church administered food rations and issued bags of maize, cooking oil and seasoning. We are truly touched and very grateful for the work that the Bishop and the others had done in that difficult period.
Presidency noted that the more than 400,000 displaced people absorbed by the Adamawa community have all gone back to Borno State and to those council areas in northern Adamawa, after Boko Haram has been degraded.
“In addition to the capital, Yola, the towns of Michika, Madagali and Mubi which had been occupied by Boko Haram during their military advances have since been retaken by the Nigerian military, whose personnel are also clearing litters of Boko Haram’s carnage and are, through the support of the administration as well as local and international partners, rebuilding roads and bridges, power lines, burnt schools, markets, destroyed churches and mosques.
“Without an iota of doubt, the Northeast is better off with President Buhari than it was under the previous administration. That should explain the massive turnout of voters in the region, in spite of threats to life and property, to vote for the return of the President for a second serm of four years.
“Sadly, one of the realities of today’s Nigeria is that it is easy to blame President Buhari for the violence all around us. Community leaders are too scared to blame the warlords and the sponsors of killings we live with because they fear for their own lives,” the statement said.
Presidency accused the community leaders of helping to fuel the crises in their domain by refusing to point out known criminals in their midst
“What is happening in several communities racked by inter-ethnic and religious violence is arising from the refusal of community leaders to point at known criminals in their midst for the law enforcement agencies to act against them. They rather blame President Buhari for their woes.
“It is indeed an irony that in the week that Bishop Mamza was speaking, another Bishop with a known commitment to peace, and results to show for his work in neighbouring Plateau State, is being dispatched to go to Taraba, Adamawa and Benue States to work in collaboration with security agencies in mending broken inter-communal relationships.
“This senseless violence can never be condoned by the administration and we sympathize with the families of those who lost loved ones as well as those injured.”
Presidency however assured that the administration’s intense security efforts and peace building will not only continue, but will expand in response to such explosions of violence in the country.